Synonyms for pontiff

Grammar : Noun
Spell : pon-tif
Phonetic Transcription : ˈpɒn tɪf

Définition of pontiff

Origin :
  • c.1600, "high priest," from French pontif (early 16c.), from Latin pontifex, title of a Roman high priest (see pontifex). Used for "bishop" in Church Latin, but not recorded in that sense in English until 1670s, specifically "the bishop of Rome," the pope. Pontifical, however, is used with this sense from mid-15c.
  • noun head of catholic church
Example sentences :
  • Now, let us compare the rank of the emperor with that of the pontiff.
  • Extract from : « The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI » by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
  • Forget that he is a sovereign and a pontiff, and think of him as a tender and loving friend.
  • Extract from : « The Eternal City » by Hall Caine
  • He obtained the Roman pontiff's license to preach to the pagans in Franconia, in Germany.
  • Extract from : « Fox's Book of Martyrs » by John Foxe
  • The missive, however, never reached the pontiff to whom it was addressed.
  • Extract from : « The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa » by Paul Barron Watson
  • Upon the decease of the pontiff, Rome was immediately in arms.
  • Extract from : « History Of Florence And Of The Affairs Of Italy » by Niccolo Machiavelli
  • He permits the Roman pontiff and his adherents to think that the pope is the Church.
  • Extract from : « Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II » by Martin Luther
  • It was she, and not Belisarius, who interrogated the pontiff.
  • Extract from : « Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847 » by Various
  • Vex not yourself, holy Raimond, I will answer it to the Pontiff.
  • Extract from : « Rienzi » by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • "This to Avignon," said he to himself, as he concluded an epistle to the Pontiff.
  • Extract from : « Rienzi » by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • When I forget that to be delegate to the Pontiff is to be the guardian of his flock, forsake me.
  • Extract from : « Rienzi » by Edward Bulwer Lytton

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